Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Writers

Hannah Denham, Times Staff Writer

Hannah Denham is a 2018 summer intern for the Tampa Bay Times.



There are 136 early childhood education facilities within the CRA district in St. Petersburg, which make up the majority of local businesses. [PAUL ALEXANDER | Times graphic]

St. Petersburg tries new strategy to target early education in Midtown

ST. PETERSBURG — In Florida, preschool can cost more than college tuition.This seems backward, considering that many scholars and teachers see the impact of early childhood education as the key to end poverty."You would think that we...
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St. Petersburg beats the national averages for homeownership affordability, according to a new SmartAsset study. Pictured is the St. Petersburg skyline in 2016. [SCOTT KEELER | Times, 2016]

St. Petersburg ranks No. 39 in U.S. for affordable living, study says

ST. PETERSBURG — St. Petersburg is beating the national averages on affordable homeownership, according to a SmartAsset study.The financial technology...
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Cars pass through the Sun Pass and change provided toll lanes at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge toll booth plaza in St. Petersburg. [EVE EDELHEIT | Times]

SunPass users with overdraft fees can now request reimbursement

If you’re a SunPass user and you’ve seen overdraft fees on your account, you can now ask for that money back.Florida Department Transportation spokesman Ed Seifert announced today that Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise has launched a system to...
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Wells Fargo will close two of its locations in Pinellas County this year. [CHERIE DIEZ | Times file, 2017]

Wells Fargo to close two Pinellas County banks as part of nationwide closure

Wells Fargo will close two of its branches in Pinellas County as part of a nationwide closure that reflects a continued shift toward online banking.The two branches — one in Redington Shores and one at the Dunedin Plaza — are the only ones in...
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Florida Department of Transportation officials announced today that they are assessing nearly $800,000 in damages against the SunPass contractor responsible for the state's tolling chaos now in its third month. [WILL VRAGOVIC | Times file, 2015]

State launches investigation, assesses $800,000 in damages against SunPass contractor

After months of inaction, Florida Department of Transportation officials announced today that they are assessing nearly $800,000 in damages against the SunPass contractor responsible for the state’s tolling chaos.At Gov. Rick Scott’s direction,...
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Zillow analysis shows more than six million homes missing from U.S. market

It’s no secret that it’s hard to find housing market. But why?Real estate analytics company Zillow said it’s because of the lack of construction after the housing market crashed.Between 1985 and 2000, there were 3.9 permits issued for...
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Charleston-based PORT 32 Marinas recently bought Tampa Harbour Yacht Club, which is now renamed PORT 32 Tampa. [Courtesy of PORT 32 Marinas]

Tampa Harbour Yacht Club sold to Charleston-based Port 32 Marinas

TAMPA — Port 32 Marinas, a marina owner, developer and operator, bought Tampa Harbour Yacht Club with plans to upgrade the property in the Westshore Marina District.The Charleston-based company, formerly Atlantic Marina Holdings, is renaming...
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Rep. James

CareSync shutdown haunts James Grant’s reelection bid to Florida House

Less than three weeks before Florida's primary election, questions about CareSync are trailing Rep. James Grant's campaign for reelection — all the way from Hardee County.At a candidate forum at Northdale Park on Friday night, the...
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St. Petersburg business leaders Michael and Beth Vivio are the new owners of Corporate Fitness Works. [Courtesy of Corporate Fitness Works]

St. Petersburg’s Corporate Fitness Works sold to local business leaders Michael and Beth Vivio

ST. PETERSBURG – Local business leaders Michael and Beth Vivio are the new owners of Corporate Fitness Works.CFW offers wellness solutions to more than 80 companies such as Sprint, American Strategic Insurance and Tech Data in 24 states,...
Updated: 2 months ago
Cars pass through the SunPass toll lanes at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge toll booth plaza in St. Petersburg last week. [EVE EDELHEIT | Times]

Troubled SunPass vendor could have to pay $1.7 million, but Florida isn’t asking for it

The vendor responsible for recent problems with the SunPass tolling system could be on the hook to pay the state at least $1.7 million based on a review of documents obtained by the Tampa Bay Times.But the Florida Department of...
Updated: 2 months ago